Lesson Plan: Oh My Gourd! Science Investigation

This lesson was originally created as a quest on Classcraft for my students (see our review here!). That is why the instructions are worded so that they sound a bit like an adventure. I am using this as a Grade 6 Classification Project, in our Biodiversity unit. Curriculum Connections: Science 2. investigate the characteristics of…

Tech Review: Classcraft

Classcraft is a web or app based system that allows your students to create a character for themselves (a warrior, a mage or a healer). They can use this character to gain special "powers" in the classroom, to earn XP (experience points) to level up and GP (gold pieces) to buy new accessories or even…

Lesson Plan: Intro to Triangles

Geometry is my favourite math unit - it relates to the real world, there are all kinds of manipulatives and students tend to enjoy it as well. This is how I like to introduce/review triangles with my grade 8 math students (this could suit any grade, the expectations would just differ): Lesson One: Grade 8:…

Review: IQ A Practical Guide to Inquiry Based Learning by Jennifer Watt and Jill Colyer

All around education; the buzz word 'inquiry' pops up. Inquiry based learning, Inquiry questions, Inquiry projects - but it is hard to know where to start, what it means and how to assess these projects. This book has been so, so helpful. "Inquiry-based learning is a process used to solve problems, create new knowledge, resolve…

This Week in Our Classrooms: Group Challenge

I firmly believe that for our students to be successful, they need to be able to collaborate. I have had to work with people in every job I've ever had, not to mention the all-too- frequent group projects in university and teacher's college. It is an integral skill for the modern world, and my students…